BPI-DOST Science Awards 2013

BPI-DOST Science Awawrds (source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

In connection with the BPI-DOST Science  Awards, each department may submit 4 entries: 2 for applied and 2 for basic research, or any combination of the two categories..  This is because the Best Project of the Year Awards will now have 2 categories.

Please take note of the following schedule:

  • Deadline for submission of entries:  9 am, November 8 (Friday). Requirement:  Extended abstract,  maximum of 4 pages, single-spaced, Font 12, maximum of 4 entries per department, plus the nomination form, essay, handwritten response to the questionnaire, and other forms/documents required per the guidelines.  Please submit 1 original and 8 copies of all the documents for each entry.
  • Committee meeting:  330 pm, November 5, 2013 (Tuesday)
  • Announcement of shortlisted entries:  November 11, 2013 (Monday)
  • Presentations:  November 13, 2013 (Wednesday)
  • Submission to BPI:  November 15, 2013 (Friday)

The Screening Committee will be composed of one faculty member per department. Please send the name of your department representative ASAP.

Thanks,

Marivi

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PCIEERD-DOST Call for Proposals for 2015

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has issued the Call for Proposals for 2015 in support of the national research agenda by funding programs and projects within specified areas in the industry, energy and emerging technologies sectors.

The PCIEERD invites you to submit research proposals focusing on the PCIEERD R&D Priority Thrust:

  1. Industry Competitiveness
  2. Sustainable Energy
  3. Sustainable Mass Transport, and
  4. Integrity of the Environment, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

Proposals must be submitted through the PCIEERD-DOST e-Proposals
Submission Facility on or before January 31, 2014. The complete package of the call for proposals, details and forms are downloadable at
http://www.pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/.

Thank you.
Djoanna Paula C. Andres
Office Staff
Office of Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work
Ateneo de Manila University
Telephone: 426 6001 local 5046
Fax: 426 5663

“Memristor: Past, Present, and Future”–a talk by Prof. Leon Chua

An array of 17 purpose-built oxygen-depleted titanium dioxide memristors built at HP Labs

An array of 17 purpose-built oxygen-depleted titanium dioxide memristors built at HP Labs, imaged by an atomic force microscope. The wires are about 50 nm, or 150 atoms, wide. (Source: Wikipedia)

The School of Science and Engineering and the Office of International Relations, through the Leong Initiative for Internationalization, invites Faculty and students of Biology, Chemistry, ECCE and Physics to a

Distinguished Lecture on Electronic and Information Engineering

by PROFESSOR LEON CHUA

MEMRISTOR: Past, Present and Future

Date : Monday, November 18, 2013

Time : 2:00 pm

Venue : Dr. Ricardo and Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium

About the Speaker:

Professor Leon Chua received his MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

He was the first recipient of the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award in 2005 and was awarded the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000. He received many international prizes, including the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize and the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize. He is the recipient of seven USA patents and 12 Honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and Japan.

He was elected a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded a John Guggenheim Fellow and the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship.

In 2011, he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship within Imperial College London.

Resistor, capacitor, inductor, and the memristor

Conceptual symmetry between the resistor, capacitor, inductor, and the memristor. (Source: Wikipedia)

Abstract:

The memristor, short for memory resistor, is the fourth fundamental circuit element. Its invention by Professor Leon Chua in 1971 explained hysteretic effects that had until then been considered random phenomena. Memristors were proposed as the right stuff for building low-power, laptop size, adaptive brain-like computers that could outperform existing supercomputers in many tasks, such as face recognition and dynamic associative memory. Recent advances in nanotechnology are capable of taking memristors to the next level where they can replicate the complexities of the brain.

The memristor behaves like a pipe whose diameter varies according to the amount and direction of charge passing through it. If the flow charge is stopped, the pipe’s diameter stays the same until it is switched on again, remembering the amount of current that has passed through it.

In this special lecture, Prof. Chua introduces the memristor and explains the theory behind it as well as the future ahead of it.

“Monitoring and source apportionment for particulate matter pollution in six Asian countries”: a talk by Melliza Templonuevo Cruz

Monitoring and source apportionment for particulate matter pollution in six Asian countries

Monitoring and source apportionment for particulate matter pollution in six Asian countries

Outline

Outline

Integrated Air Quality Management: Asian Case Studies

Integrated Air Quality Management: Asian Case Studies

Asian Regional Pollution Research Network (AIRPET)

Asian Regional Pollution Research Network (AIRPET)

Introduction to particulate matter and respiratory lung system

Introduction to particulate matter and respiratory lung system

Regional PM monitoring: participating countries

Regional PM monitoring: participating countries

Regional PM monitoring: site characterization of participating cities

Regional PM monitoring: site characterization of participating cities

Regional PM Monitoring: participating Philippine stations

Regional PM Monitoring: participating Philippine stations

Regional PM Monitoring: Dichot and Minivol samplers

Regional PM Monitoring: Dichot and Minivol samplers

Regional PM Monitoring: Sartorius ME5-F microbalance and Dionex ICS-1000

Regional PM Monitoring: Sartorius ME5-F microbalance and Dionex ICS-1000

Regional PM Monitoring: methodology.  Filter, sampler/size fraction, analysis, and data.

Regional PM Monitoring: methodology. Filter, sampler/size fraction, analysis, and data.

in PM monitoring: Sampling

QA/QC in PM monitoring: Sampling

QA/QC in PM monitoring. Data. Chemical species vs mass concentration. Reconstructed Mass.

QA/QC in PM monitoring. Data. Chemical species vs mass concentration. Reconstructed Mass.

QA/QC in PM monitoring: charge balance between anions and cations

QA/QC in PM monitoring: charge balance between anions and cations

PM levels and temporal variation in six Asian countries (2002-2006)

PM levels and temporal variation in six Asian countries (2002-2006)

PM levels and temporal variation: concentration vs PM2.5-dry season

PM levels and temporal variation: concentration vs PM2.5-dry season

PM levels and temporal variation: PM concentration at remote sites in six Asian countries

PM levels and temporal variation: PM concentration at remote sites in six Asian countries

PM levels and temporal variation: PM2.5 concentration vs year in Thailand and Philippines

PM levels and temporal variation: PM2.5 concentration vs year in Thailand and Philippines

Chemical composition and source apportionment of PM2.5 in urban areas

Chemical composition and source apportionment of PM2.5 in urban areas

Chemical compositions and source apportionment of PM2.5 in urban areas

Chemical compositions and source apportionment of PM2.5 in urban areas

Summary. Systematic monitoring of PM levels.  Differences in natural conditions.

Summary. Systematic monitoring of PM levels. Differences in natural conditions.

Summary. PM composition data, reconstructed mass, and CMB receptor model.

Summary. PM composition data, reconstructed mass, and CMB receptor model.

Fr Jett, Khervin and Rikki (2002), Dr. Anglo, Leo (2003), Genie and Rikki (2005)

Fr Jett, Khervin and Rikki (2002), Dr. Anglo, Leo (2003), Genie and Rikki (2005)

Sir James, Nino, Melle,and Franz (2005); Rolly, Kuya Philip, Kuya Boy (2005); Samplers in Cebu (Myra 2005); Liz 2006; Paul and Joey.

Sir James, Nino, Melle,and Franz (2005); Rolly, Kuya Philip, Kuya Boy (2005); Samplers in Cebu (Myra 2005); Liz 2006; Paul and Joey.

Sir James and Therese, Jaya (2006), Emee (2006), Liz BC, Justine and Mike (2007), Emil (2007), PNRI, Ms. Gemma (2002)

Sir James and Therese, Jaya (2006), Emee (2006), Liz BC, Justine and Mike (2007), Emil (2007), PNRI, Ms. Gemma (2002)

Bali, Indonesia (2006)

Bali, Indonesia (2006)

Beijing (2008)

Beijing (2008)

Shanghai (2008)

Shanghai (2008)

Thank you. Melizza Templonuevo Cruz, Genevieve Lorenzo, and James Bernard Simpas

Thank you. Melizza Templonuevo Cruz, Genevieve Lorenzo, and James Bernard Simpas

The full talk is given in Ateneo Physics News Google Plus page: Monitoring and source apportionment for particulate matter pollution in six Asian countries.

Elsevier workshop: “How to write a great research paper and get it accepted by a good journal”

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work and Elsevier would like to invite all researchers, faculty and graduate students to a FREE Authors’ Workshop on August 30 at CTC 201.

The speaker is Dr. Valerie M. Teng-Broug. She is one of the journal publishers of Elsevier who for over 17 years has held various publishing positions in economics, econometrics, finance and now mathematical sciences. For this workshop, the speaker will be discussing the general guidelines and best practices in preparing manuscripts for submission.

Following are the details of the workshop:

Topic : How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

Major Sections of the workshop:

  •  What steps do I need to take before I write my paper?
  • Using citation database to evaluate journals, authors and collaborators
  • How can I ensure I am using proper manuscript language?
  • How do I build up my article properly?
  • What are the author?s responsibilities & rights?*

Date : August 30, 2013 (Friday)

Time : 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (9:30 am ? on-site registration)

Venue : CTC 201, PLDT Convergent Technologies Center, School of Science
and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

This workshop is considered as a TFI follow-up session.

Registration is FREE. Sign up now at: http://asia.elsevier.com/ADMUpublishing

Job opening for Computer Systems Assistant at Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

Seal of Manila Observatory

The MANILA OBSERVATORY, a Jesuit institution engaged in scientific research, invites applicants for the following position:

COMPUTER SYSTEMS ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Operation and Maintenance

1. Draft and recommend the most applicable computer specifications or computing resource for specific application needs of the research programs

2. Assist in the acquisition of computing resource to ensure that the acquired equipment best suits the need

3. Assemble, set up and operationalize newly acquired computers/computing systems, including workstations and database servers. This requires studying the most efficient set up to maximize the full potential of
the acquired computers aside from installing operating systems/s and application software/s, and configuring computer peripheral device/s

4. Ensure the reliability and functionality of a computer through software installations and regular maintenance. This means that the computers must be scheduled for system check up in a regular basis. This will include:

  • Cleaning the computer hardware
  • Checking the computer software for errors and updates
  • Installing the necessary softwares that are required by the research programs
  • Ensuring the compatibility of the hardware and software of the computer
  • Assist in the upgrade/maintenance of the network system (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)
  • Assist in keeping the computing infrastructure functional all the time or at least minimize the downtime of the essential components i.e. servers and network
  • Assist in building and maintaining a parallel computing system
  • Assist people regarding questions on usage of the institution?s computing resources

Troubleshooting and Repair

1. Perform necessary/possible solution/s to recover from the problem

2. If the unit is deemed irreparable, data recovery must be administered and salvage parts that are still useable

3. Scrap the broken parts (in coordination with the Facilities and Logistics Office)

Competencies, Skills and Qualifications:

1. College graduate in the field of Computer Science/Engineering or relevant fields

2. Knowledge in computer programming

3. In-depth knowledge of computer hardware and software applications

4. Preferably familiar with Linux/Unix operating system

5. Good oral and written communication skills

6. Good interpersonal skills and a team worker

Interested candidates are invited to personally submit a letter of application with resume, transcript of records and recent passport size photograph on or before 12 August 2013 at the Human Resource Office, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Or you may also get in touch with us through e-mail address: hr@observatory.ph and at telephone nos.426-5921 to 23.  For more information about the company, you can visit our website: www.observatory.ph.

“Basic introduction to Quantum Information Theory”: a talk by Martianus Frederic Ezerman of the National University of Singapore

The Ateneo de Manila University
Mathematics Department

cordially invites you to a talk on

Basic Introduction to Quantum Information Theory

by

Martianus Frederic Ezerman (PhD)
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore

on Thursday, August 1, 2013
6:00 – 7:30 pm at SECA 304.\

Abstract

Quantum Information and Computation draws motivation, problems, and tools from Quantum Mechanics, (the Mathematics of) Information Theory, and Computer Science. In this very brief introduction, we will first highlight the motivation and problems leading to the studies of quantum information theory. Several milestones in the development so far will be discussed briefly. A few open problems of possible interest to mathematics students will be briefly treated.

Manila Observatory Brown Bag lectures for August 1-15, 2013

Manila Observatory Brownbag lunch sessions, Thursdays, 11-12 pm

Manila Observatory Brownbag lunch sessions, Thursdays, 11-12 pm

Good day!

The Manila Observatory would like to invite Ateneo faculty, staff and students to join us for brownbag lunch seminars on Thursdays from 11 am -12 noon at the Klima room (2nd floor) of the Manila Observatory.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the work of our researchers and scientists in an informal session where audience members can actively participate and engage in a discussion with the speaker.

On Thursday, August 1, we will have Ms. Meliza Cruz from the Air Quality Dynamics research program talk about “Monitoring and Source Apportionment for Particulate Matter Pollution in Six Asian Cities“, of which research from our very own scientists at MO contributed to an
Asian assessment of air quality.

You bring your lunch, we’ll serve the science!

Pass on to anyone who might be interested in joining us! Hope to see you soon! For any questions, contact Monica Ortiz, amdortiz@observatory.ph

Physics talk on 5 Aug 2013: “Electron and phonon transport in nonequilibrium many-body quantum systems with dynamic forces and components” by Dr. Eduardo Cuansing

Speaker:

Dr. Eduardo C. Cuansing Jr.
Department of Physics
Ateneo de Manila University

Date and time:
August 5, 2013 (Monday) at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue:
Faura 305
(Coffee and refreshments will be provided)

Abstract:

The electronics industry’s relentless pursuit of ever-smaller electronic gadgets will eventually lead to devices consisting of only a few atoms and molecules. In such ultra-tiny molecular devices, quantum effects that may have been ignored or considered negligible in larger-sized devices can become significant. These quantum effects may even lead to unique behaviour with novel practical applications in quantum computing, information processing, and nano-sized machines. In this talk I will introduce several theoretical quantum devices that could act as dynamic quantum switches and gates, a quantum refrigerator, and a quantum transistor. I will then show how to theoretically calculate the dynamic quantum transport properties of electrons (fermions) and phonons (bosons) in such devices using the time-dependent nonequilibrium Green’s functions approach.

About the speaker:

The speaker received his BS Physics degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and his PhD Physics from Purdue University. His undergraduate thesis was on non-Abelian Gauge theories and his doctoral dissertation was on critical phenomena. He did postdoctoral research work at the University of Pittsburgh on the theory of vortices in high-temperature superconductors and at the National University of Singapore on the quantum transport of electrons and phonons. He has recently moved to the Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University to spread the joys of doing research and extending the boundaries of knowledge in condensed matter physics and quantum devices.

References:

Cuansing, E.C., Li, H., and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review E 86, 031132 (2012).
Cuansing, E.C. and Liang, G., Journal of Applied Physics 110, 083704 (2011).
Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review E 82, 021116 (2010).
Cuansing, E.C. and Wang, J.-S., Physical Review B 81, 052302 (2010).